Heads up: Some or all of the identifications affected by this split may have been replaced with identifications of Menelaides. This happens when we can't automatically assign an identification to one of the output taxa. Review identifications of Papilio polytes 51588

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As a result of this split, some Papilio polytes from the Northern Mariana Islands have been incorrectly changed to Papilio alphenor. See, e.g.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/160489527

Posted by salmanabdulali 11 days ago

Also from Guam:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/178516450
Note: alphenor males are tailless. This is clearly tailed.

Posted by salmanabdulali 11 days ago

@salmanabdulali
I'm sorry
Let me fix it by manually adding the ID

Posted by zebs 11 days ago

@salmanabdulali and @zebs Thanks for helping with this issue. The split doesn't make sense for the Guam, Mariana Islands or Yap specimens from a wing morphology or coloration standpoint. This is an introduced species in our region (Guam in 1955) and completely replaced Papilio xuthus L. throughout the region. P. polytes is now naturalized and is one of the most common and abundant butterflies visible year round.

Posted by entomologist_of_m... 8 days ago

@zebs is there a plan for repairing this unnecessary confusion?

Posted by entomologist_of_m... 6 days ago

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